Him?

Him?

I can't help but take note of the recent insanity being espoused by a large segment of local sports radio, in which certain talk-show hosts on both stations are clamoring that the Eagles should seriously consider trying to make a trade for disgruntled Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, or at least entertaining this notion as not an altogether bad one. (As expected, there is no shortage of callers to parrot these feelings, either.)

Quoth theKrisheim:

just think what would happen if mcnabb did go to denver and won a super bowl with dawkins and buck

spend a minute with that thought...all the sadists would have a field day

Amen. Meanwhile, re: Cutler -- am I missing something here? Just what in hell is so special
about this guy that people would be willing to jettison McNabb and
several draft picks to get him? Last time I checked, Cutler has never
made the playoffs while leading the Broncos (hell, I don't think he's had a
winning season as a starter). And that's while playing in the AFC West, for God's sake! Yes, I have seen his numbers over the last two seasons, and they are quite impressive, without question... but then so were Drew Brees', and neither quarterback took a postseason snap in either 2007 or 2008.

Meanwhile, Donovan McNabb's overall performance has not slid that far down the mountain that I'd consider rolling the dice with someone who in my opinion has yet to prove he's capable of leading a team to the promised land. Well, has McNabb done it, you might ask? Of course not. But he's gotten damned close several times. And his numbers over the last two seasons are as good as any he's had in his career, not counting the gaudy statistics he put up in 2004.

Furthermore, not to sound too insensitive here but Cutler is diabetic, and who
really knows what kind of career length such a medical condition could dictate.

Furtherfurthermore, are we to expect the Eagles front office to
sacrifice selecting the very linemen Cutler would need for
protection? Those comparisons Cutler made between himself and John Elway would bear little substance if he finds himself staring at the clouds five or more times per game.

And furtherfurtherfurthermore, Cutler is by most accounts a whiny, paranoid bitch who has done everything he can to turn
what was once a small, internal rift into a mighty canyon. Yes please, let's bring that sort of personality
on board immediately, where he will be warmly received by both fans and the media. I see nothing that can go wrong with this. SuperBowl XLIV, here we come!

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Between recent wins and Joel Embiid’s All-Star push, fans are buying their Sixers gear.

According to Fanatics.com, a sports apparel website partnered with the four major sports, the Sixers rank fourth among all NBA teams in total merchandise sales over the past seven days. The Warriors, Cavaliers and Bulls are ahead of them.

Joel Embiid was the fifth-best selling player over that period. His popularity has risen during his enthusiastic All-Star campaign, which included celebrity shoutouts and an outpour of social media activity. Embiid is now up to 553,000 Twitter followers.

The Sixers have ranked in the league’s top 10 of merchandise sales since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. They hold the largest year-over-year increase during that time frame in the NBA this season.

In September, Ben Simmons ranked in the top 10 of NBA players in merchandise sales since draft night.

Sales from the Sixers' and NBA's official online stores are included in these statistics.

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

Sixers clicking just in time to face surging Raptors on Wednesday

The Sixers are clicking just in time to face their toughest competition in over a month. The Raptors (28-13) come to Philadelphia as the Sixers have won six of their last eight games by holding one another accountable and taking each outing step-by-step.

“You feel like the group is coming together,” Brett Brown said. “You feel like all the work that we have put in is starting to pay dividends in relation to a solid foundation.”

The Raptors sit second in the Eastern Conference, just one and a half games behind the Cavaliers. The last time they met, the Raptors beat the Sixers 123-114 on Dec. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center.

A lot has changed since then, especially the rotations. Brown started Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together against the Raptors, an experiment that waned out after six games. The Sixers have found a formula to winning with an established starting lineup and a consistent second unit, with the added experience of Gerald Henderson and Nerlens Noel. They will be tested Wednesday as both Joel Embiid (illness) and T.J. McConnell (wrist) are questionable.

“When you look at this team, it’s a lot of talent but we didn’t play as a team,” Ilyasova said of the start of the season. “Now we come together. I think it’s all about the chemistry, we trust each other.”

The Sixers are looking to carry over the momentum of a 113-104 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday. They got a test of All-Star caliber talent against Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom they held to two points in the second half. The Sixers will have their hands full with the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry (22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists).

One key to countering talent like that placing an importance on accountability. The players are not letting each other off the hook for mistakes on the court, regardless of who the opponent is.

“I could see it over the past couple weeks, guys coming out here and being more vocal on both ends of the court,” Noel said. “If one guy messes up, you’ve got to let him know so it won’t be a recurring thing. With that, guys are taking steps in the right direction, both leadership roles because everybody on this team can be a leader in their own way.”

The Raptors come in on a four-game winning streak.